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Early 1960's Courtesy of Joseph Amanzio

Early 1960's - the Sorrento Restaurant on SW 8th Street in Miami

3059 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida view map

Thank you to Joseph Amanzio for contributing this great old image of his mom and dad's Sorrento Restaurant. Click on "original" below to see the largest version of this image.

The Joe and Lucy Amanzio family came to Miami in 1947 from Long Island, New York. They started their business in 1947 across the street in a 16-foot wide store front as a beer and wine bar known as the Pirates' Cove. They soon expanded into the next door 16-foot unit and began serving food there as the first Sorrento restaurant. They then bought a property across the street and built the new Sorrento Restaurant some time in 1959. Around that time a dinner special consisting of bread and butter, a glass of wine, a salad and pasta, desert and coffee went for $3.95.

Joseph says that his older brother Vincent Amanzio was the chef from the beginning, and took over after their father died in 1974. The Sorrento building was sold in the January 1986, after close to four decades of serving fine Italian food by the Amanzio family. Joe designed the remodeled 2nd floor private dining room in the early 1960's. It was his first commission while still an architecture student at the University of Miami.

Joseph now lives in California and is a Professor Emeritus and Architect/Urban Designer.

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Guest 05-Feb-2019 01:14
My late parents and I went to sorrento for over 30 years love the garlic bread and the kindness the owners always shared with us.
Tar Larner 08-Apr-2015 16:05
We used to go to Sorrento's regularly in 1974 & 1875. We were a cover band and they always served us, even though we wore weird clothes and some were under the drinking age. They just stuck us in a booth in the back. They even ignored us when we lit up a joint after the great pizza.
Guest 05-Oct-2014 22:39
They had the best garlic rolls and veal parmigana!!!
The Houseman 15-Jul-2014 03:54
When I was 16 years old in about 1966 I was the night houseman at Palace Billiards located on the direct opposite side of S.W. 8th Street. I would come in to work at 4:00 PM and often go across the street later to order a meatball sandwich, to go, for dinner. They were great.
Guest 09-Mar-2014 16:45
Great memories, and since my Dad's shop was around 27th and 8th Street we'd do lunch there a lot, they had the best bread, I can smell/taste it just thinking of it today when reading this story, and their Italian Sausage was to die for... Martha Backer
George Young 22-Sep-2010 18:56
Sorrento's moved from another area of Miami and built the SW 8th St location on a vacant lot on the East side of The Pizza Palace. The kids that were the back row crowd were not happy the restaurant was being built because we used to park our cars in that lot when we went cruising with some one else as you couldn't leave a car unattended on the Pizza Palace lot. Anyway, we got over it and it turned out to be a great restaurant. Wish it was still around.
Guest 09-Sep-2009 15:44
.... and as I recall the Matr'e D was named Ray...and was a son in law or something